In the trination series match, Bangladesh nicked a massive victory of 91 runs off Zimbabwe at Dhaka. The home team scored 216 runs for 9 batting first. Zimbabwe remained struck on bowling attacks of Bangladesh exhausting its line-up in 125 runs. The team sustained for only 36.3 overs, remaining 91 runs below the target. Losing the game, Zimbabwe now hangs with a single match against Sri Lanka in the series. On the other side, the victory marked skipper Mashrafe Mortaza with another feat as the highest match winner of Bangladesh as a captain. With this 30th victory, the captain surpassed Habibul Bashar’s win tally of 29.
The host started its inning with a headstrong second wicket partnership between opener Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. The players forged a partnership of 111 runs batting together for 25 overs. This rendered Zimbabwe’s first strike, Anamul Haque’s wicket, as a useless achievement early in the inning. Al Hasan scored a half century of 51 runs playing 80 balls until he was stumped at the over from Sikandar Raza.
Tamim Iqbal played about 10 overs more after Al Hasan, while, wickets kept on falling at the other end. Mustafiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah could not add more than 18 and 2 runs respectively in the stretch. With Tamim’s wicket, the inning slogged to 163 for 5. The rest of the line-up played for marginal contribution. In the final couple of overs, Sunzamul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman added 19 and 18 runs respectively as the end thrust to the score. In the inning KM Jarvis took three wickets while AG Cremer finished with four.
The chase slackened right from the beginning as Bangladesh attacked the team with a strong ensemble of spin and medium pace. Zimbabwe survived only 36 overs and 3 balls in the chase. By the tenth over, the lineup reel under attacks off Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan losing four wickets for 34 runs. Sikandar Raza scored 39 as the highest run-getter in the inning. The player steered the inning for more than 10 overs playing with PJ Moor.
Bangladesh bowlers took down the middle order opening the next wobble with Moor’s wicket, along with the MN Waller’s in the 22nd over. AG Cremer added 23 runs playing with Raza, retuning in the 30th over, followed by the latter after two overs. The rest was easy for Bangladesh as Rahman and Al Hasan wrapped up the tail.
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